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Katiebob
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monocoque carbon

Postby Katiebob » Wed Nov 27, 2013 13:40 pm

What the hell is it?

How is it different from normal carbon?

What does it mean in bike frame terms?

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Re: monocoque carbon

Postby jonnyboy77 » Wed Nov 27, 2013 14:08 pm

As I understand it; effectively a full carbon frame, rather than carbon tubes connected with lugs/connectors. Its the construction, rather than the material itself.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monocoque
http://www.emcbikes.com/technology/mono ... ology.html

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Re: monocoque carbon

Postby Katiebob » Thu Nov 28, 2013 09:01 am

aha. cool.

So in theory it should be better than a standard carbon frame?

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Re: monocoque carbon

Postby Rolf F » Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:25 am

Katiebob wrote:aha. cool.

So in theory it should be better than a standard carbon frame?


Monocoque is the standard. Lugged carbon frames tend to be high end only. There's never really much meaningful point in a manufacturer making a point about a frame being monocoque. It's like car manufacturers putting 'i' for fuel injection in a model name; a bit pointless given everything is fuel injected anyway.
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Re: monocoque carbon

Postby The Rookie » Thu Nov 28, 2013 11:42 am

Monocoque is a 'proper' carbon frame, no-one makes lugged anymore as far as I know, would be silly, but cheaper (mostly Chinese made) frames are tubes cut and bonded together under a decorative wrap, they work as well (done properly) but are heavier.

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Re: monocoque carbon

Postby Rolf F » Thu Nov 28, 2013 15:48 pm

The Rookie wrote:Monocoque is a 'proper' carbon frame, no-one makes lugged anymore as far as I know, would be silly, ......


I wouldn't call custom carbon frames silly!
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Re: monocoque carbon

Postby MichaelW » Fri Nov 29, 2013 09:07 am

There is a true monocoque frame and a piece of cycling history for sale here. Not mine but I saw it at a local bike event years ago.

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Re: monocoque carbon

Postby domgears » Tue Dec 10, 2013 04:16 am

AFAIK Monocoque is where the entire frame is created in 1 piece, where as others may create parts of the frame separately, whether that be tubes and lugs, front and rear triangles or whatever make no difference, the separate pieces are then bonded together, in lugged the join is obvious, in others it is under the top layer wrap and thus not visible and looks identical to a monocoque frame.

Each manufacture type can be as good, better or worse than the other, it really depends on the manufacturer and whether they are building a certain way to keep to a price point or to build in different characteristics.


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